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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: One Dress, Two Princesses
By CJ Raney


Amelia found herself in the driveway of the one place where she always felt love and comfort, Grammie’s house. The last two weeks had been like a nightmare and she was feeling very unloved at this point. How could her husband, Jack, pack a suitcase and walk out the door? They had been married for seven years now. The last year had been a trial that tested their faith. They found out they couldn’t have the one thing they terribly wanted, children. The bills piled up on the countertop were a constant reminder that their dreams had been shattered. Getting laid off from his job was the breaking point for Jack.

Amelia closed the door on her forest green Camry and headed up the steps of the porch thinking to herself, “This is crazy. It won’t be the same.”

Grammie went home to be with the Lord three months ago. Grammie left the home to Amelia and she chose to keep everything the same. Amelia opened the door and could almost smell the fresh baked goodies and coffee brewing.

“Oh Grammie, I sure do miss you. Especially now.”

Amelia took Grammie’s afghan and wrapped it around herself. The warmth reminded her of Grammie’s hugs. She picked up a photo album off the table and curled up on the loveseat. She was flipping through the pages and came upon a photo of her grandparents all dressed up. It sent her mind back to that night as Grammie was preparing to go out.

Amelia was sitting on the bed rubbing her tiny hand over the smooth satin green dress. “Grammie, it’s beautiful!” She looked up to the reflection of her grandmother in the bathroom mirror.

“Thank you, dear. It matches these wonderful earrings your grandfather gave me for our anniversary.”

Amelia went and stood on the stool beside the sink. She watched her place the sparkling set of emerald green earrings in her ears. Amelia was amazed at how they glimmered with the light reflecting off them. Grammie finished getting ready and stood before the full length mirror.

“Grammie, you look like a princess.”

A smile crept across Amelia’s face as she opened her eyes. “I can’t believe that memory is so vivid. I wonder…” Amelia set the photo album down and went to Grammie’s room. She carefully went through the closet looking for the dress. “There it is.” She pulled it slowly out of the closet holding it up so she could look at it better. “What is that?”

Amelia saw an envelope attached to the plastic over the dress. She couldn’t believe her eyes, it had her name on it. Amelia quickly but carefully opened it. The tears were already flowing as she pulled the paper out and saw two sparkling green earrings. She unfolded the paper and saw Grammie's handwriting.

“Amelia, my princess,

I knew one day you would find this. I hope you enjoy these earrings and dress as much as I did. That night was very special for your grandpa and I. I pray that you will have as many happy years as we did. Remember how far love can take you.

Love you, more!”

Amelia laid the dress on the same bed and walked over to the same bathroom mirror. She stared at her reflection in the mirror as she placed the earrings in her ears. She slipped the dress over her head and stood in front of the full length mirror. Amelia could almost hear her grandmother say, “You look like a princess.”

“Thank you for this priceless gift, Grammie.” She barely whispered, trying to hold back the tears so they wouldn’t fall on the green satin dress.

“Amelia?” A voice called from the hallway.

“Jack? What are you doing here?”

“Looking for you. Wow! You look amazing.”

“It was Grammie’s. She left it for me.”

Jack walked towards her. “Amelia, I really need to talk to you. About the other night...”

Amelia sat on the edge of the bed. “Jack…”

Jack knelt beside her and placed his hand over hers. “Please let me get all this out. I was wrong to leave the way I did. I was sitting in that lonely hotel room and I realized that my place is with you. I love you more than my words can convey. Please forgive me.”

“I’m sorry too. I believe our love will take us far.”

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Joy Faire Stewart10/29/09
What a wonderful relationship between Grammie & Amelia. To find the special gift at the time of mourning, perfect. Great title and loved the ending.
Karen Pourbabaee 10/30/09
God does speak to us any way He can to get His message into our hearts...liked God's happy ending to your story.
Dan Blankenship 11/01/09
Beautiful, well-written, and great ending; definitely a contender for this week's competition.

Keep up the good work!

May God bless!

Dan Blankenship